Group Warns Of Kids Sitting In "W" Position Beyond Two Years Old

May 7, 2019

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Doctors are warning parents that a popular child sitting position can be hazardous to their physical health. The Pediatric Therapy Center says children who continue to sit in the "W" position, where their shins, calves and feet extend outward from the knee, after their 2nd birthday may not properly develop the core strength and balance they need for certain motor skills, like jumping and running. It may also leave muscles tight in the legs, hips, and ankles, as well as possibly leading to a hip dislocation. Not only that, but extensive use of this sitting position could leave your child "pigeon-toed," meaning they walk with their toes turned in. To prevent these negative effects from happening, it's important to be vigilant with your child about sitting in safe positions such as cross-legged, side-sitting, or even long-sitting, which puts a child's legs out in front of them.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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